Can decorative objects increase one's wealth, happiness, or longevity? Traditionally, many Chinese have believed that they could--as long as they included the appropriate auspicious symbols. In this book Asian Art Museum curator of Himalayan and Chinese decorative art Terese Tse Bartholomew, culminating decades of research, provides a thorough guide to such symbols.
Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Artis richly illustrated with photographs of art objects and original hand-painted drawings by the author and by Mulan Bartholomew, organized in numbered sectors for ease of reference, and enhanced with extensive bilingual indexes and other supporting materials, making it an indispensable reference book for anyone interested in Chinese art and culture.
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approx auspicious Avery Brundage Collection bamboo zhu bat fu birthday blessings bottle gourd boys Buddha's Hand citron butterflies chapter China chrysanthemum civil service examinations crane cymbidium cypress daji daylily deer lu depicting Diam Ding dragon egret Eight Immortals flower of wealth fruit fugui fungus fungus lingzhi Gift grain guizi harmony hehe hibiscus homophonous ingot Ink and colors jade James Medley lingzhi lotus lychee mandarin oranges Ming monkey motif nandina tianzhu narcissus shuixian Nephrite Nozaki official osmanthus overglaze polychrome decoration painting palace peace peony Peony fuguihua persimmons Photo credit pine ping'an pomegranate Porcelain with overglaze Porcelain with underglaze Qianlong emperor qilin Qing dynasty rank reign represent ribbon-tailed bird Rohdea japonica rooster sanyuan sheng shou character silk sons stands stone chime swastika symbol of longevity symbolizes longevity tree vase ping Wanli emperor wannianqing water caltrop wealth and honor wish yilu Yongzheng Yongzheng emperor yuan Zhong Kui zhushou